12th December 2016 wrote:Britain will become one of the first countries to use this definition of antisemitism, as agreed last May at a conference of the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the prime minister will say in London.
More detailed guidance on this, released by the IHRA in May, said this could include criticisms which target Israel, if this was “conceived as a Jewish collectivity”. It added: “However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”
The guidance says it could be considered antisemitic to accuse Jews of being more loyal to Israel or their religion than to their own nations, or to say the existence of Israel is intrinsically racist.
The past year it has been widely reported that the Labour Party is allegedly "antisemitic" because its leader has spoken up for the Palestinians, the more recent case came when the NEC(National Executive Commitee) adopted the new definition of antisemitism except for a couple of examples referring to the Israeli state which led one senior Jewish Labour MP to call the leader of the Labour party..."a fucking antisemite racist".
She also wrote an article in the Guardian(comments disabled) in which she defends her slurs with these rather illuminating sentences:
Margaret Hodge-"I was right to confront Jeremy Corbyn" wrote:How have we got here? Under Jeremy’s leadership, the Palestinian/Israeli conflict has been allowed to infect the party’s approach to growing antisemitism. It appears to have become a legitimate price that the leadership is willing to pay for pursuing the longstanding cause of Palestinians in the Middle East. Because of that, antisemitism has become a real problem in the Labour party.
There it is in black and white, as long as anyone speaks up for the cause of the Palestinians, then that someone is an "antisemite". And unless that becomes law of the land and law of all the parties in the land then we are all apparently "antisemites".
Jeremy and his team have now vowed to take action against the repugnant comments made by this senior Jewish Labour MP as bringing the party and its leader into disrepute is in fact against the rules of the party.
Independent wrote:Jeremy Corbyn vows 'action will be taken' against Labour MP Margaret Hodge who called him a 'f****** antisemite and a racist'
The leader's office said the respected Labour MP's comments and behaviour towards Mr Corbyn were 'unacceptable'
Jeremy Corbyn’s office has vowed “action will be taken” against a respected senior Labour MP who called the party leader a “f****** antisemite and a racist”.
Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said Labour rules forbade MPs from acting in a way that is disrespectful or brings the party into disrepute, and a disciplinary process had been triggered by Dame Margaret Hodge’s accusation.
It comes amid a furious internal row sparked after the party’s ruling executive adopted a new code of conduct that defines antisemitism differently from the more broadly accepted meaning of the word.
Asked about the comments of Dame Margaret – who lost relatives in the Holocaust – Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said: “The behaviour that you are talking about is clearly unacceptable under Labour party parliamentary rules for behaviour between colleagues, and action will be taken over it.
“Of course, all concerns of all MPs need to be discussed and addressed, and Jeremy is always open to discuss that with members of the parliamentary Labour party.”
Asked what measures would be adopted, the spokesman repeated: “Action will be taken.”
The row blew up after Labour’s National Executive Committee, now controlled by Mr Corbyn’s supporters, adopted a new code of conduct.
Although the code explicitly states “antisemitism is racism” and is “unacceptable”, it stops short of signing up in full to the definition of antisemitism drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Mr Corbyn’s spokesman added the Labour party had instead drawn up a code of conduct which “incorporates, builds on and clarifies” the examples of antisemitism set out, “so that they can be used effectively for a political party disciplinary process”.
The behaviour that you are talking about is clearly unacceptable under Labour party parliamentary rules for behaviour between colleagues, and action will be taken over it
Dame Margaret challenged Mr Corbyn behind the speaker’s chair in the house of commons following a crunch vote on Brexit.
It was reported Dame Margaret told him: “You’re a f****** antisemite and a racist ... You have proved you don’t want people like me in the party.”
Mr Corbyn reportedly told her: “I’m sorry you feel like that.”
A senior Labour source confirmed a confrontation occurred. Dame Margaret has not responded to requests for a comment.
The new code of conduct drawn up by Labour officials in the wake of protests by Jewish groups against antisemitism this year, states criticism of the state of Israel and its policies should not automatically be regarded as antisemitic.
It also makes clear even “contentious” comments on this issue “will not be treated as antisemitism unless accompanied by specific antisemitic content ... or by other evidence of antisemitic intent”.
The code explicitly endorses the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism and includes a list of behaviours likely to be regarded as antisemitic copied word-for-word from the international organisation’s document.
But the code omits four examples from the IHRA list – accusing Jewish people of being more loyal to Israel than their home country, claiming Israel’s existence as a state is a racist endeavour, requiring higher standards of behaviour from Israel than other nations, and comparing contemporary Israeli policies to those of the Nazis.
Labour insists that while the examples are not reproduced word for word, they are covered in the new code, but Jewish community groups condemned the NEC’s decision and warned “on its current trajectory, Labour is failing British Jews and it is failing as an anti racist party”.
A series of Labour MPs publicly vented their fury about the situation and former party leader Ed Miliband said the party should adopt the full definition.
He said: “The argument that it is somehow incompatible with criticising the actions of the Israeli government is wrong.
“The views of the vast majority of the Jewish community are very clear. I would urge the NEC to get on with this at speed.”
Labour MP Ian Austin said the move was “utterly shameful” and added: “I am ashamed to be a member of the Labour Party.”
MP Wes Streeting said: “The leadership were warned of the consequences of today’s NEC decision. They didn’t care.”